Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Mass Exodus

The mass exodus from the ranks of trained doctors, that is.

Elizabeth Vliet is giving serious consideration to quitting, and by the time it's all done, the number of practicing doctors in America could plummet by almost half.

Hey, all you Republican voters who stayed home in 2008 to teach the GOP a lesson? Thanks a ton.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

More From Mike Malloy

Mmm. Yummy. It's been some time since I've been able to use an alliterative headline like this one. So much fun!

Pounding the drum on the subject of liberal douchebaggery, we once again turn to the pages of Brian Maloney's Radio Equalizer to see just how bad it can get:

I'm not one to normally attribute the worst possible motives to my opponent, so I'm going to assume for the time being that Mike Malloy is simply a moron beyond my ability to describe.

I have never called for armed insurrection, nor am I about to start. In any event, what I say in these pages probably won't make all that much difference. I am standing against principles that I disagree with, and those that really know me (Mike Malloy not being among that number) will know that I am just as quick to warn my colleagues away from excessive Republican cheerleading as well.

I am motivated first and foremost by love for humankind and the ideals that our country was founded on 234 year ago. I am not the one calling for the death of my enemies, outside of perhaps the slow and painful metaphorical deaths of a few political careers, but even that will be so much more fun to watch when we can hear the liberals whine about how they were misunderstood.

Remember in November!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

In a Candid Moment

This is too funny. Got this video from my dear friend (even though he doesn't know it yet) Brian Maloney over at Radio Equalizer.

What makes this particularly galling to me is that some years ago, not long after "Big Eddie" Schultz started broadcasting out of his hometown of Fargo, North Dakota, I started listening to him on the same local affiliate in my hometown that was broadcasting Rush at the time. Unfortunately, there are no stations left in my hometown that broadcast Rush, but Ed was taken off of his affiliate here after less than a year.

Schadenfreude, anyone?

The Neon-Pink Glow of Max Baucus' Idiocy

Can't embed it, but here's a little gem from RealClearPolitics:

"Too often, much of late, the last couple three years the mal-distribution of income in America is gone up way too much, the wealthy are getting way, way too wealthy, and the middle income class is left behind. Wages have not kept up with increased income of the highest income in America. This legislation will have the effect of addressing that mal-distribution of income in America."

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Old Folks Gone Wild

From MyFoxNewYork:

73-year-old Iraida Palmieri has a bullet wound on her forehead.

Police arrested 81-year-old Maria Cartagena on charges related to the shooting.

Mrs. Palmieri is the wife of Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri, and apparently she and Mrs. Cartagena have had a quite a history together in their Rego Park apartment building.

Funny thing is, my grandmother is in her eighties...and everytime I try to imagine her doing something like this, I just can't.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Another Broken Promise

Barack Obama signed the mammoth health care bill within 36 hours of it having been passed by congress. For your viewing pleasure:

Five days? Real nice Mister President. Real nice.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Beginning of the End...Of What?

Stupak and the lot of them are whores. Common money-grubbing sell-out whores. I can't say I'm terribly surprised that the vote broke down along party lines. At the end of the day, there is no such thing as a "moderate Democrat." You might as well go looking for heffalumps and woozles.

So now what? I can happily point out that not a single Republican voted for this legislative abomination, but Republicans always talk a good game when they're out of power. I won't get my hopes up until I see "Boner" Boehner and the crew govern with something vaguely resembling a spine in 2011.

We need the likes of Mark Levin more than ever.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ellie Light Redux

Or: Don't urinate on me and tell me it's raining.

I can handle a difference of opinion. You lose me when you treat me like a child who doesn't know any better. I come from a blood-red state, at least when it comes to presidential politics, but even my local newspaper has fallen for crap like this.

And "Mary J. Perpich" is also shilling for Obamacare in the pages of the most-circulated paper in my home state.

We're on to your games, libs.

Special thanks to Big Journalism and The Drudge Report.


Oh yippee! Howard "I Brokered the Canal Treaty" Baker and Jimmuh "Peanuts For Brains" Carter are complaining about the supposed lack of collegiality in the senate.

"The hard partisanship and division that now exists is unprecedented," Carter said.

Baker, from Tennessee, added that "collegiality is virtually nonexistent in the Senate now."

"You've got to have a decent respect for the other person's point of view. There's a fair chance he's right. And it appears that doesn't exist now," Baker said. "The idea of the benefit of the doubt appears to be missing."

Well let's set aside the idea that the hyperpartisan wrangling really is unprecedented. I don't believe it is, but even if this is the worst it's ever been, I'm more worried about a few other precedents being set here by "The Unprecedented President" himself:

  • Nowhere does the government, on any level, require the purchase of a product by the citizenry under pain of fines and possible jail time -- unless health care passes.

Yes, I know there is the niggling matter of auto insurance. But guess what? I don't have auto insurance, because I don't drive a car! Most people are intelligent enough to figure out that if you're in a little fender bender, it's a lot cheaper in the long run to pay out of pocket, if you get it fixed at all, so you can keep your insurance premiums from rising! Who knew that those auto insurers were every bit as evil as their health care counterparts?

  • The government has never, under either party's control, "deemed" an entire bill passed without a floor vote.
But what about all the tu quoque we've been hearing from the Democrats on this one? The constitutionality of using parliamentary maneuvers on amendments to bills is debatable and even somewhat suspect, but presidents don't sign amendments. They sign bills. And the Constitution is pretty plain on how that is to be done.

  • No political party has failed to move legislation with a solid filibuster-proof majority in both houses -- until now.
This is the most glaring precedent that makes Carter and Baker look like whining wusses to me. If you can have a sixty-vote majority in the Senate and still not be able to get anything done, the problem is clearly not with the opposition party.

"You've got to have a decent respect for the other person's point of view. There's a fair chance he's right. And it appears that doesn't exist now," Baker said. "The idea of the benefit of the doubt appears to be missing."

Good advice for the Democrats to heed in dealing with each other.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another Ball Dropped

So it turns out Nidal Malik Hassan had no business being in the Army. Is anyone going to seriously keep pretending that his Muslim religion had nothing to do with why he was promoted?

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, charged in the Fort Hood shootings, was too fat and "chronically" unprofessional during his psychiatric training, according to internal e-mails exchanged by his superiors.

We know what happened. The question on everyone's mind should be, "Why was this allowed to happen?"

Affirmative action kills!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pushing the Envelope

...or, "Praise the Lord and Pass the Salt Shakers..."

Steve Barnes, a senior writer at Timesunion.com has a brilliant blog piece on New York City assemblyman Felix Ortiz (D. Brooklyn.) Apparently "Mashed Potatoes-for-brains" Ortiz wants to ban adding salt in any way shape or form to foods made in New York City eateries, including but not limited to restaurants, delicatessens, and bakeries.

As I do not cook, I can't say very much authoritatively on the culinary implications of banning salt during cooking. Speaking from personal experience, however, my own grandmother did just the opposite of what Ortiz is proposing (she never had salt at the table, but added it in small amounts only during cooking).

I'm sure that in New York City, as well as the rest of the country, a large percentage of salt intake occurs from commercially processed foods such as processed lunch meats, pickles, salty (and some not so salty) snack foods, and so-forth. Does Mr. Ortiz plan on making all commercially processed foods contraband in his city?

It's also worth noting that salt is an essential part of the biochemistry of virtually every multicellular organ.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is what we are in for if Obama's health care mandate passes. One could argue that virtually any human behavior can be regulated as a health matter. Isn't poison just a matter of degrees?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Massa is Everywhere

Drudge, as usual, is the hub, but Eric Massa news can be found this morning on Politico, Roll call, and Real Clear Politics, among others.

It's difficult for me to separate the substance of the allegations against Massa from the circumstances of this airing of his dirty laundry. At the same time, liberals have been excused in media, academia, and government for far worse behavior than what Massa is being accused of now.

It's difficult for me to see this in terms of Captain Ed's tack, vis-a-vis Charlie Rangel. Some fourteen months ago, there were legal and ethical questions about Tim Geithner that culminated in his appointment as Treasury Secretary.

I'm not really much of a poker player, but I know enough to know that sometimes you need to raise, and sometimes a raise needs to be called. I'd like to Massa rescind his resignation, and I'd like to see him get booted out. He's no conservative rose.